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What is the National Association for Temple Administration?

The National Association for Temple Administration (NATA) is the professional organization for those who serve synagogues as executives, administrators, or managers. The organization, founded in 1941 and affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), has more than 400 members from the United States, Canada, Australia and South Africa. NATA is an active professional network committed to Judaic principles of ethics and integrity.

NATA is dedicated to improving the management of Judaism's key institution: the synagogue. NATA prepares and inspires synagogue management professionals to serve and lead congregations with excellence. Through its mission NATA supports its members by:

  • Enriching members' professional and personal development
  • Serving as the voice of synagogue management
  • Advancing and promoting the profession


NATA offers regular webinars and annual conferences which feature the latest information on management techniques concerning facilities, finance, fundraising, human resources, membership, office systems personnel, public relations, and security. NATA offers its members a social networking tool to openly connect and engage with other NATA members. In addition, NATA offers bi-annual resident seminars which provide in-depth courses on topics related to all areas of synagogue administration, Judaic studies, and Hebrew instruction. All these programs offer participants valuable opportunities for networking, fellowship and professional growth.

Some additional services that NATA offers are Career Listings, NATA Journals, and a Certification Program where a Fellow in Temple Administration is awarded to NATA members who have passed all the certification training, including the writing of a professional thesis or project.